After graduating from the Moscow State Conservatory in 2004, Mikhail Vekua quickly emerged as one of the most important heroic tenors of our time.
He has been a soloist with the Stanislavsky Theater in Moscow since 2002 and has toured with them extensively in Korea, Estonia, Latvia and Cyprus, singing numerous leading roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen, Werther, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Demon, The Tale of Tsar Saltan and many more.
In 2012, he made his stage debut as Loge in Das Rheingold at the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Mariinsky Opera Company at this theater.
His repertoire as a concert soloist includes tenor roles in Verdi’s Requiem, in Rachmaninov’s The Bells, “The Creation” by J. Haydn, “Messa di Gloria” by G. Puccini, Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven. He also performed Janácek’s “Glagolitic Mass” at the BBC Proms in London and the world premiere of the revised version of Gubaidulina’s “Cantata on Love and Hate” in Rotterdam in 2018 under Valery Gergiev.
Past highlights include a concert performance of Die Walküre as Siegmund under the baton of Kent Nagano in Moscow, as Loge in Das Rheingold at the Edinburgh Festival, the title role in Tristan und Isolde and The Gambler in Barcelona, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer and Pollione in Norma in Dortmund, Herman in Pique Dame on tour in China. Just before his MET debut in a new production of Prince Igor by Dmitry Chernyakov, he appeared in the American premiere of Taneyev’s Orestaia, which was recorded and televised. His performances as Loge, Siegmund and Siegfried in Siegfried and Die Götterdämmerung on tour with the Mariinsky in Britain and France and, of course, at the Mariinsky Theatre have earned him high acclaim in the Wagner repertoire. His brilliant debut as Parsifal at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2018, as well as the marathon performance of Die RING, in which he sang Loge, Siegmund and both Siegfrieds on four consecutive days, proved that he is an incredibly stable performer.
Upcoming engagements include a concert performance of Turandot conducted by Kazushi Ono in Barcelona, performances of Die Götterdämmerung in Oviedo, a tour of China with the Mariinsky Theatre, the title role in Tristan und Isolde in a new production at the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, and a debut at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Christoph Eschenbach. Further appearances as Parsifal, Radames, Faust, Samson, Don Jose and Herman at the Mariinsky Theatre.